Hick XII 120 and 156 for 5 (Bancroft 93*) beat Haddin XII 105 and 170 by 6 wickets
Cameron Bancroft inched his way to the defining innings of a low-scoring scrap in Southampton to give himself the best possible chance of being named in Australia’s Ashes squad on Friday, and also help the Hick XII to victory over the Haddin XII in an internal trial match played on a dicey pitch.
All the qualities that saw Bancroft first picked for Australia in 2017 – dogged defence, absorption of quality bowling and a limited game around which others can blossom – were on display as he posted the highest score of the match, an undefeated 93 from 194 studious balls. David Warner, who may now be reunited with Bancroft as openers, made the only other half century, while Marnus Labuschagne’s 41 on the first day was also noteworthy.
Thanks to Bancroft, the chase was negotiated effectively, as Josh Hazlewood,…